Audiology is an autonomous profession of healthcare providers who evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage hearing and balance disorders for patients of all ages (newborns through adults). Audiologists study the development, anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the auditory and vestibular systems, as well as the evaluation, habilitation/rehabilitation, and psychology of hearing and/or balance impairment.
Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) entry level programs are designed to prepare audiologists to handle the extensive scope of audiologic care, including the diagnosis and management of auditory and/or vestibular system deficits, tinnitus management, hearing conservation, neuro-audiologic examination, provision of counseling and training in relation to hearing and vestibular disorders, as well as the management and business aspects of audiology.
On February 26, 2010, after 21 years of work to transform audiology to a doctoring profession with a single, unifying designator, the Audiology Foundation of America (AFA) declared victory for the profession in upgrading to the Au.D. and dissolved the Foundation.
"Our mission has always been about upgrading the profession with improved education, more autonomy and independence for practitioners, and quality care for consumers from audiology professionals," said AFA Executive Director Susan Paarlberg. "We feel confident that time and momentum will continue to propel the profession forward. It's a real victory for the profession."
In its final act as a non-profit foundation, the AFA assigned the remainder of its funds and assets, to the audiology program at A.T. Still University (ATSU). In order to preserve the resources and historical legacy of the valuable work of the Audiology Foundation of America, this website has been preserved with many of the original documents and links provided by the original AFA website. The site also contains links for requesting the Evaluation of Practicing Audiologists Capabilities (EPAC).
We hope this website will continue to provide a valuable look at the history of the Au.D. movement.